Healthgrades raises the bar for healthcare quality standards

Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, has recently announced a new initiative that has the potential to raise the bar for healthcare quality standards across the industry.

The initiative is called the Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation, which provides an annual analysis of trends in healthcare quality across the United States. The report evaluates the performance of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The report assigns star ratings to hospitals based on their performance across 32 different clinical categories, including mortality rates, complications, and patient safety. The ratings are designed to help patients make informed decisions about their healthcare, and incentivize hospitals to improve their quality of care.

Healthgrades CEO Rob Draughon stated that “our goal is to empower consumers with the information they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare.” By providing transparent and objective evaluations of hospital performance, Healthgrades hopes to encourage hospitals to prioritize quality improvements and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

The report also includes a list of hospitals that have received the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award, which recognizes the top 1% of hospitals in the nation for their clinical performance across several key areas.

In addition to evaluating hospitals, Healthgrades is also focusing on improving the quality of care provided by individual physicians. The company recently launched a new tool called the Healthgrades Enhanced Profile, which allows physicians to showcase their education, training, certifications, and patient satisfaction ratings to potential patients.

By providing patients with more information about the qualifications and performance of individual physicians, Healthgrades hopes to help patients make more informed decisions about their healthcare and ultimately improve the quality of care across the industry.

In conclusion, Healthgrades’ new initiatives have the potential to raise the bar for healthcare quality standards and encourage hospitals and physicians to prioritize quality improvements. By providing transparency and objectivity in evaluating performance, Healthgrades is helping to empower patients to make informed decisions about their healthcare and ultimately improve patient outcomes.